Louis Smith unclear about his sporting future in Rio Olympic cycle

Last Updated: 03/01/13 6:01pm

British gymnast Louis Smith admitted that his sporting future remains unclear, with the prospect of competing ahead of the Olympic Games in Rio a daunting one.

Smith, who narrowly missed out on pommel horse gold in London while also securing a bronze in the team event, said his options remain open ahead of 2016.

"Rio is definitely on the radar; I just don't know whether I will be watching or competing," the 23-year-old told Sky Sports News.

"The idea of competing at another Olympic Games does sound good. I have the desire to get back in and train - I miss gym, I miss training, I miss being able to do those type of skills and elements with my body.

"Rio is definitely on the radar; I just don't know whether I will be watching or competing."

Louis Smith

"But the idea of getting ready for a competition, eight weeks gruelling training, blisters and bleeding everywhere, it is hard work. I'm enjoying this moment where it's just kind of, 'this is what everyone else does away from sporting life', it's quite relaxed, quite fun."

Smith also discussed the talent among the emerging crop of gymnasts within the British team.

He added: "We've got so many younger gymnasts coming through and that's part of the reason why I'm taking a step back because these youngsters are good and they are giving me a run for my money.

"If the love comes back, that's the reason I want to get back into training, because if I get back into training and that urge comes back to compete and go for it, I'm ready to do it.

"I will be training from March time, the World Championships are towards the end of the year in October, which I'm not going to get there for, so really 2014 is the only time I can start looking at competitions."

Following his success in the sport, the gymnast was recently awarded an MBE in the New Year Honours list.

"It's just amazing," he said. "The fact that I've gone from being a gymnast that no-one really knew before, through the Beijing Olympic Games, through London and then getting an MBE, it's just unbelievable.

"It does feel very strange; I'm a gymnast, it's not something I would have thought I would have got. It's been brilliant and 2012 was a fantastic year."